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Joe Wilson Vindicated
Thursday, 25 January 2007 08:12
by Larry C Johnson

The Bush/Cheney acolytes keen on smearing Joe Wilson took a couple of gut shots at the Scooter Libby trial today.  One of the documents released to the public confirms Wilson's account of how he came to be sent to Niger, what he found, and what he reported to CIA debriefers.

Part of the smear effort, which was led by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts from his perch as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI), insisted that Joe's trip to Niger actually revealed that Iraq was trying to buy uranium.  According to p. 46 of the July 2004 SSCI report on Iraq, the Republican's reported hearsay about what Joe found: 

Not so fast boys and girls.  During yesterday's testimony key documents were introduced into evidence.  One of these was the INR memo about the Niger affair.

Download in_memo.pdf

Buried in the appendix of the this document is the redacted intelligence report, known in CIA parlance as a "TD".  Take a look for yourself at what the CIA debriefers reported:


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The following TD shows that Joe met with two key former Nigerien officials--former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mayaki and former Minister of Energy and Mines Boucar Mai Manga.

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The INR memo records that Joe Wilson supported the INR position that the Embassy was quite capable of reporting on this matter without his intervention. Joe was not advocating to go to Niger and his wife, Valerie, was not in the meeting when this issue came up. (She had only introduced him at the start of the meeting.) The CIA ultimately prevailed and sent Joe to Niger. In coordination with the U.S. Ambassador to Niger, Joe agreed to meet with only former officials who were witting of the uranium program.

  So what did Joe learn? Here's the reader's digest version (you can read the full report for yourself below).

  • Former Prime Minister Mayaki told Joe he had rebuffed an effort in June of 1999 to arrange a meeting with the Iraqis he supported the U.S. sanction.  He said, "if there had been any rogue state during his tenure, he would have seen the contract."
  • Former Minister of Enerty Manga said, "there were no sales outside of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since the mid-1980s".  He went on to tell Ambassador Wilson that the uranium was tightly controlled and accounted for from the time it is mined until the time it is loaded onto ships.
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There is nothing in this report to support the notion that Iraq had succeeded evading UN sanctions and purchased large quantities of yellowcake uranium. NOTHING! You can also see for yourself how the Republicans on the SSCI tried to mislead the American people in the July 2004 report. After you read the following report could you brief the President of the United States that Iraq had acquired yellowcake uranium and had restarted its nuclear program? No way in hell!

  That's why Cheney and Libby were so intent on trying to shut up Joe Wilson. He told the truth.
 
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a guest said:

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Strawman, strawman
Who claimed that Iraq had acquired uranium? Oh, that's right, no one. Golf clap. As for Wilson telling the truth, I think when caught on the fact that he hadn't seen the forged documents - he might have "misspoken".

Yes, Wilson "misspoke" to several journalists who all got the same spin about the forged documents. Golf clap.
 
January 25, 2007
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a guest said:

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To Mr. Strawman
If you check out http://wid.ap.org/documents/li...DX707B.pdf you will find Mr. Wilson's oped "What I didn't find in Africa". This was Mr. Wilson's coming out in public on the subject.

In it he says he did not see the documents.

Therefore I think your claim that Mr. Wilson said that he had seen them is wrong.

Why would a man tell the world he hadn't seen the documents and then tell journalists that he had?

(Unfortunately, The pdf file from an ap dump of court evidence in the Libby case at the link included above is a image copy so I cannot copy the pertinent phrase. You will have to visit the site yourself for confirmation)
 
January 28, 2007
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a guest said:

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Thanks Larry: Proof Bush's 16 words were correct.
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" (President Bush, 2003 State of the Union)

Without the information you presented in the INR memo, Americans might not know that Iraq DID try and get uranium from Niger and may have done so from other African nations.

After all, Saddam did end up with 500 tons of uranium from someplace.
 
February 11, 2007 | url
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John Cha Cha said:

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I stand with Joe!
Keep yelling, Joe! Dems can't take a little yelling of the TRUTH? Republicans should keep yelling until the usurper is gone. I stand with the Republicans and yell too! OBAMA, WHERE IS YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
 
September 10, 2009
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